• In India, explore Darjeeling Hill Stations
• In Bhutan, visit Thimpu, Paro and Wangdi
• Travel to Taktsang and Rumtek Monastery and Punakha Dzong
• See Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's 3rd highest mountain
• Visit the Kingdom of Sikkim
• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Calcutta, India
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2
Land of the Peaceful Dragon - if ever there was an intriguing description of a country, this must be it. A land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow-capped 22,000-foot peaks, Bhutan and its neighbors, Darjeeling and Sikkim, are the cultural explorer's Philosopher's Stone.
Our trip begins with a short flight to Bagdogra, India. From here, we drive to the former hill station of Darjeeling, famous for its tea plantations, temperate climate and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Views of Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain) and a visit to a tea plantation feature prominently during our days in Darjeeling.
In Sikkim, a kingdom formerly closed to tourists, be awe-inspired by spectacular views of mountain peaks. Experience a rare opportunity to mingle with a traditional Himalayan community, considered by many to be the last Shangri-La.
We travel to Bhutan along winding mountain roads. We visit Thimphu, the nation's capital, and wander through markets, Buddhist temples and monasteries. We journey to Wangdi and visit the famous Punakha Dzong via the Duchola Pass, with its stunning views of the Himalayas.
Add a visit to Paro, where one can hike to Taktsang Monastery, and encounter Bhutan's gentle and gracious people. It's the perfect recipe for a magical itinerary set against the mystical backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
Elevation: 3 times we drive over mountain passes just over 3000m/10000ft. Some rough/windy roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude so warm clothing is necessary.
Arrive in Calcutta, India
Calcutta - Kalighat Kali Temple
Fly to Bagdogra, India - Tea Factory
Darjeeling - Mt. Kanchenjunga
Darjeeling - Mountaineering Institute
Gangtok Sites & Institute of Tibetology
Rumtek Monastery, to Kalimpong
Spectacular Drive to Thimphu
To Punakha via Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong
Punakha to Trongsa
Bumthang - Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang
Bumthang - Wangdi
Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Fly to Calcutta, Farewell Dinner